Introduction

http://www.pistonheads.com/lotus/europa/ a good place to start whilst I edit my own version

 

Introduction

Larger and more comfortable than the Lotus Elise and Exige model ranges, the Europa S is designed as a luxury two-seater Grand Tourer (GT) and is equipped with leather seats and satellite-navigation. The Europa S has a bigger boot to increase its touring credentials, and Lotus is hoping to appeal to more customers by making the car more user-friendly than its other offerings. This includes lower door sills to make it easier to get in and out of, as well as increased cabin space.

Despite the extra refinement in the Europa S, its performance is still pretty impressive, with its 197bhp GM sourced turbo charged 1998cc engine able to propel the car from 0 to 60mph in just 5.6sec and on to a top speed of 143mph.

Independent magazine reviews written at launch time generally praised the Europa S for it's handling and dynamics in general, but were critical of the it's 'GT' ability when compared to the Porsche Boxster, Audi TT or BMW Z4. As a result of this 'criticism' Lotus released an interior upgrade kit to make the cabin more luxurious and a performance kit adding an additional 25bhp and 22lb ft.

At the 2008 Geneva Motor Show Lotus launched the Europa SE. The SE varient utilises the performance kit available for the base model and has newly designed 17"/18" wheels front and rear, high performance AP Racing four pot brakes and larger (308 mm) diameter discs. The interior is completely finished in leather.

Statistics
Please see below for the Europa S' statistics. Please note that the source of the performance data is sometimes official Lotus Cars data and sometimes independent magazine review data.

Name Production Years Max. Power bhp Max. Torque lb.ft Top Speed mph 0-60mph sec Comment
Europa S 2006- 197@5400rpm 200@5000rpm 143 5.6s GT vehicle???
Europa S + Performance kit 2007- 222@5400rpm 222@5000rpm 147 4.9s Performance kit.
Europa SE 2008- 222@5400rpm 222@5000rpm 155 4.9s Performance kit, Luxury pack, larger alloys and brakes.

Author: Peter Maeers